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  Over the years, Uganda Martyrs Senior Secondary School Namugongo, which got its name from the Uganda Martyrs, has managed to establish itself, as one of the leading providers of quality secondary education in the country. The mixed school, located in Namugongo, recently marked its 45th Founder's Day, in a ceremony held at the school. In attendance was the school's only surviving founder, Hellen Namazzi, together with her family.

Strong Christian values
The staunch Christian foundation of this school is evident right from the moment you set foot on its campus. Aside from a large board of the 24 martyrs at the school's main hall, there are numerous monuments at different points in the school. On the left side right in front of the school's main hall, is a monument of the Virgin Mary, a strong symbol in the Catholic Church. On either sides of the Virgin Mary are monuments of St. Charles Lwanga and St Mathias Kalemba in kneeling postures. Humble beginning Uganda Martyrs Namugongo opened its doors to the public in 1967. Four close friends, Monsignor Lawrence Mbwega, Jeremiah Munyigwa, Joseph Mugerwa, and Hellen Namazzi started the school. Namazzi is the only one still alive among the four.The 90-year-old woman, who lives in Namugongo explains that the Catholic-founded school was started to act as a placement for children that graduated from the primary sections of Uganda Martyrs Primary for the boys and girls. "Many times, when our pupils would finish Primary Seven, they would end up in other schools. So that is why we decided to start up the secondary section," the elderly woman says in a rather strong tone, given the fact that she is more than 90 years old. She adds that the school began with 20 students, and two structures, and that is why she is grateful to the Lord for having enabled the school get to where it is today. "The students perform well, and the school is always among the top performing schools. The teachers also do a good job," Namazzi , who is also a former teacher at the school, says. The school that sits on six acres, has more than 1,000 students. The exterior of the main hall is donned with different portraits of the founders, and several distinguished leaders in the Catholic Church, including Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga, Cardinal Wamala and many others. The other block is a classroom block that was built in commemoration of the school's 40-year anniversary. The four-floor building houses classrooms, a computer laboratory, physics laboratory, and a second main hall. Our tour of the school takes us to the boys' wing next. The area has two storeyed buildings, each housing the different levels; the O-Level students share the old wing, and the A-Level ones stay in the newly-constructed building that was named after one of the school's longest serving head teachers John Chrysostom Muyingo, who served between 1992 and 2010. He is also credited for having played a great part in helping the school attain the academic glory it now enjoys. Continue